Hotelier Weekly
September 13, 2018
At this very moment, hundreds of hotel owners from across the country are meeting with their elected officials in Washington, DC to discuss issues affecting small business owners and the hospitality industry. The efforts of our hotel owners are already making a big impact: Yesterday, Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta announced that the Department of Labor is in the process of considering how to provide a more clear and more permanent approach to joint employer, an issue AAHOA members have been discussing with their congressmen for years.
As Hurricane Florence gains traction, hoteliers across the east coast are getting ready to weather one of the worst storms to ever hit the United States. We encourage hoteliers in the Carolinas, Virginia, Maryland, DC, and Georgia to download the FEMA and state Emergency Management Agency apps, familiarize yourselves with FEMA and state Hurricane Preparedness Guides, and review your state's price gouging laws in preparation for the storm. Click here to view additional resources available on AAHOA's website, including how Lowe's is preparing shoppers for the hurricane.
The safety of our members is of utmost importance to AAHOA. Due to Hurricane Florence, the South Carolina Regional Conference & Trade Show will be rescheduled to Tuesday, November 6, 2018. The event will still take place from 1-8 PM at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. Click here to view more details and register.
On Tuesday, September 17, AAHOA Treasurer Biran Patel will speak at the Hospitality International Conference in New Orleans, LA, where he will provide an update on AAHOA's initiatives throughout the year and provide a preview of what's to come. Highlights will include state and local legislative priorities, human trafficking awareness training, and a sneak peek at the 2019 AAHOA Convention.
AAHOA on the Hill
Tomorrow, the NLRB will publish its notice of proposed rulemaking on the standard for determining joint-employer status. There will be a 60-day public comment period during which hoteliers are encouraged to call for a return to the historical joint-employer standard. an Intersign Company
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Events and Happenings
What did you miss this week? Check out the AAHOA Facebook page to view our members doing great things! AAHOA and AHLA members from across the country convened in Washington, DC for the Legislative Action Summit, Immediate Past Chairman Bhavesh Patel joined top industry executives on the Hotel ROI: Cost Issues Panel at the Mid Atlantic Regional Meeting, Wyndham hosted an incredible Young Professionals Development Day at their headquarters, AAHOA Secretary Vinay Patel shared valuable insights on the Hotel ROI: Profit & Loss Panel at the Washington DC Area Regional Meeting, and more.

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October 4 - Gulf-Baton Rouge Regional Meeting - Baton Rouge, LA
October 9 - Florida Regional Meeting - Tampa, FL
October 11 - Central Midwest Regional Meeting - Oklahoma City, OK
October 16 - Northeast-Boston Regional Meeting - Boston, MA

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In the Market
SunTrust Robinson Humphrey wrote, “Overall U.S. RevPAR was -2.4% Y/Y for the week ending 9/8/2018, per STR, worse than the prior week's result of +4.6%. Independent hotels (about 1/3rd of the data set) were +1.7% y/y. Luxury (+1.1%) was the 'strongest' chain scale for branded hotels; Midscale was the weakest at (-7.3%). Upper Midscale (-6.8%) underperformed the overall US hotel industry average.” For more, read the full report. Also, view the August Lodging RevPAR Monitor and the Lodging Hotel P&L Analyzer.
AAHOA partners with SunTrust Robinson Humphrey (STRH) to provide access to comprehensive analysis of current economic and market metrics for the hospitality industry. STRH is a leading, full-service corporate and investment bank dedicated to helping its customers successfully manage and grow their companies through a comprehensive range of strategic advisory, capital raising, risk management, financing and investment solutions. 
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Headquartered in London, UK and Spokane, WA, Magnuson Hotels is a top 10 global chain and markets over 1000 hotels across six countries and three continents. Founded in 2003, Magnuson Hotels quickly became the world’s largest independent hotel group with its pioneering low cost alternative to hotel franchising model, serving a hotel membership base equaling over 75% AAHOA members. Today, Magnuson has become the fastest growing hotel brand in history, adding more new hotels in the last 10 years than 8 of the top 10 chains combined. Visit the Magnuson Hotels website here.
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PMC Commercial Trust offers conventional and SBA loan programs for the acquisition, refinancing, renovation and construction of businesses with commercial real estate throughout the country as principal lenders. PMC has been granted Preferred Lender (PLP) status from the SBA, which allows for a faster turn-around time at the SBA. PMC’s focus has been on the hospitality industry, assisting start up individuals as well as multi property owners in obtaining the financing that best fits their needs. Visit the PMC Commercial Trust website here.
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Industry News
For some environmentally-conscious hoteliers, going green goes beyond reusing towels and asking guests to turn off the lights when they leave their rooms. Sustainability at some hotels starts at the source: Solar energy. The return on an investment in solar energy is cost savings for the hotel, and even new revenue in some cases. (Source: Hotel News Now)
G6 Hospitality LLC, the parent company of Motel 6 and Studio 6 brands in the United States and Canada, announced a series of new and enhanced programs and policies to help ensure team member safety on property and across function areas. (Source: TravelDailyNews)
China is attempting to improve the guest experience by incorporating technology and now allowing for a facial-recognition system for hotel check-ins. This is available at approximately 50 hotels in Hainan Province, China. The primary goal is to turn the entire hotel booking process into a faster, digital experience. (Source: Hotel Management)
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